Published August 24, 2012
By Philippe Crowe
The Volt’s European twin, the Ampera, is accumulating the awards across the pond.
Vauxhall has scooped two “Techie” honors from the Business Car Fleet Technology Awards with the Ampera winning best green development and Vauxhall RoadTrip named as best app.
This is the latest in a long line of significant prizes for the Ampera including the current European Car of the Year, What Car? Green Car of the Year and TopGear Magazine’s Green Car of the Year.
This latest award was won in huge part due to the Ampera’s total driving range of up to 360 miles and, according to figures produced on the official European Test Cycle (ECE R101) the emissions achieved of 235.4mpg and combined tailpipe emissions of just 27g/km.
Vauxhall’s RoadTrip app, available for free on iPhone and coming soon on iPad and Android, provides drivers with a fast, simple way to track their business journeys. The app has been downloaded over 7,500 times to date and offers a range of smart features for tracking business miles, to make creating mileage claims quicker and easier.
It allows users to choose from any vehicle from Vauxhall, as well as other manufacturers, enter a destination and plan a route. The clever app can then work out any mileage rates, what the journey will cost and any other likely expenses, without draining your phone battery by using GPS constantly to track your journey.
To download the RoadTrip app and see Vauxhall’s video on how to get the most out of it, drivers can visit its fleet Web site. RoadTrip is also available on iTunes.
The Techies, Business Car’s Fleet Technology Awards, now in their fourth year, are the only set of awards in the industry that specifically focus on honoring companies that use technology to help make the operation of business cars cheaper, cleaner, easier, safer and less time consuming across 12 categories. Judged by an expert panel, they focus specifically on technological innovation and expertise.